Sandals for the Elderly

Of all the individuals with many health concerns, older individuals are the most prone as their bodies and immune systems are not quite what they used to be. Foot problems and deformities are more likely in elderly feet, and therefore they are in most need for proper and comfortable footwear, particularly when it comes to sandals.

Elderly Foot Conditions and Issues

  • Heel Pain – Usually because of heel spurs or swelling in the back of the foot and heel, heel pain may be experienced. Stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs, and icing the area can help to relieve the pain.
  • Foot Issues from Foot Deformities – Most commonly an elderly person will have issues with their feet because of Gout and Arthritis. This can be managed with daily exercise, and care of the feet, as well as prescription medication.
  • Foot Ulcers – Infections and ulcers of the feet are mainly caused by Diabetes. Careful cleaning and care of the wounds is necessary as healing may take quite a while.
  • Ingrown Toenails – When the sides of your toenails grow into the skin it can be painful and become infected. It is important to take care of the infected toe until the nail grows out and then cut it. Avoiding narrow fitting shoes can help to prevent this.
  • Calluses and Corns – dead skin that becomes hardened and yellowish in color. Calluses and corns are highly common amongst seniors and can easily be removed and treated at home or by a healthcare professional.
  • Hammertoe – A foot deformity which results in the bending and curling of a toe, which is manly common in elderly people. Padding and sensible shoes can help to prevent and treat this deformity.
  • Bunions – A Bunion is basically a bony growth that occurs on the side of the big toe, or the side of the little toe called a Bunionette, mostly from wearing shoes that are too tight and cause pressure against the toes.

What to Do About Sandals for Seniors

Finding the perfect sandals for elderly individuals can be quite challenging. One important factor to keep in mind is that older individuals should always wear shoes, even in the house, sandals are therefore a good ideal in warmer weather and for casual wear around the house. With regard to sandal, I would recommend to rather avoid flip flops as they can be a bit on the unstable side. A snug fitting sandal with a more secure closure design, that is gentle against the feet with no added pressure is your best bet. Good cushioning and support along with a comfortable fit is ideal for elderly feet.

Features of a Good Sandal for Elderly

  • Wider width or wider upper toe box area.
  • Cushioning for shock absorbency and comfort.
  • EVA midsole and a contoured footbed for better stability.
  • Heel cradle.
  • Durable and high gripping rubber outsole.
  • Smooth interior linings that will not cause any friction.
  • The sole of the shoe needs to be thick and solid.

Reviews: The Best Sandals for Elderly

Here are our top choices in comfort and support Sandals designed ideally for the Elderly

Fisherman’s Sandal for the Elderly

From Orthofeet we have the Alpine and Naples extra depth Orthopedic sandals perfect for elderly feet and foot conditions or deformities.
  • Comfortable smooth and relaxed fit uppers with seamless linings to prevent pressure and irritation.
  • These sandal models are available in wider widths for swollen feet, and Bunion or Hammertoe conditions requiring a wider fit.
  • There is a comfort Ortho Cushioning system for pressure and pain relief as well as shock absorbency.
  • The outsole is made from thick and durable rubber.


Neuropathy Sandal for the Elderly

The Timberland Pro Altamond and Caswell are tough and durable sandal options with comfort features that are perfect for senior feet and foot conditions.
  • There is a removable multi-density anatomical footbed for comfort and excellent support while allowing you the use of your own orthotics.
  • Lined with a climate controlling lining your feet will feel snug and comfortable in any weather.
  • A nylon shank that provides support and shock dispersion, and ensures better stability.
  • The Midsole is cushioned and supportive for shock absorbency and there is a Smart Comfort system support in the footbed that offers contoured support.
  • An excellent choice in an outdoor sandal with the trail specific and high grip lug rubber outsole.


Sandal for Elderly Persons

The Arla primrose and Step Beat Sun from Clarks are two casual and comfortable summer sandals that are perfect for elderly feet.
  • The Soft and comfortable textile uppers will not cause pressure or irritation.
  • A durable rubber outsole for grip and traction even on the most slippery surfaces.
  • Features the very popular Cloudstepper and Cushion Soft Technology,which is a lightweight and highly durable cushioning system.
  • The lightweight EVA footbed offers additional shock absorbency and cushioning.
  • Some color variations are avilbale to choose from.


Orthopedic Sandal for Seniors

The Pedic Walker and Vero Slide from Propet are two orthopedic comfort walking sandals that accommodate and support different foot and health conditions including Achilles Tendinitis.
  • Soft and smooth leather uppers that are adjustable for the most comfortable and customizable fit.
  • Comfortable cushioned footbed for maximum cushioning and shock absorbency.
  • The Pedic Walker has a removable Pu footbed and a Cushioned PU outsole.
  • Both have a high grip durable rubber outsole.


Sandal for Elderly

These are two stunning and very comfortable sandal models from Clarks which are ideal for seniors, particularly those with foot conditions and deformities.
  • Very soft and comfortable uppers from synthetic materials and leather that is supple and flexible for an accommodating fit.
  • Smooth textile linings to prevent friction and irritation.
  • Bothe feature comfortable Cloudtsepper technology for cushioning that is lightweight and highly supportive.
  • A highly durable and high traction rubber outsole.


Comfort Sandal for the Elderly

Crocs make some of the most comfortable and lightweight shoes from their famous Crosslite material.
  • Made from the popular soft and comfortable Crosslite foam that provides cushioning and comfort.
  • A hook and loop closure for a comfortable fit.
  • Very lightweight and cooling design.
  • Easy to clean and quick drying materials.
  • Soft and gentle on your feet and will not cause any pressure or friction, even when wet

Index Table: Top Rated Sandals for Elderly

No.ProductMen ♂Women ♀FeaturesBrandScore
1Orthofeet® - Fisherman’s Sandal for the Elderly
  • Ortho-Cushioning
  • Extra Depth
  • Seamless
  • Wider Widths
2Timberland® - Neuropathy Sandal for the Elderly
  • Anatomical Footbed
  • Climate Control
  • Rubber Outsole
3Clarks® - Sandal for Elderly Persons
Step Beat Sun
Arla Primrose
  • Cushion Soft Technology
  • Lightweight EVA Footbed
  • TPR Outsole
4Propet® - Orthopedic Sandal for Seniors
Vero Slide
Pedic Walker
  • Wider Widths
  • PU Footbed
  • Cushioned
5Clarks® - Sandal for Elderly
  • Smooth Linings
  • Cushioned
6Crocs® - Comfort Sandal for the Elderly
  • Crosslite Foam
  • Adjustable Straps

John Max

A Certified Fitness Trainer for the past 4 years, with a great taste for fashion, trends, and culture. As a Personal Trainer, I assess my customers' bodily strengths and weaknesses and create customized workout plans. These plans provide physical and mental guidance and monitor progress on a regular basis. The most important thing for me is to make sure that customers don't get injured while training.

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